Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream - Chailly (DVD)

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Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

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In the Overture and Incidental Music to William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Felix Mendelssohn brings the illustrious company of elves, lovers‘ passions and the solitude of the forest or a moonlit night to musical life. It became a model for other literary reflections in music like Peter Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. Its four movements – or “images”, as the composer himself named them – capture the world-weariness of George Byron’s Manfred: A Dramatic Poem in music.

Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra awaken the musical imagery of both works in a colorful, fresh and enchanting performance.

Recorded at live at the Concert Hall of KKL Luzern Lucerne Festival, August 2017.

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The Guardian

4 Stars

"[The Mendelssohn] provides a wonderful workout for all the sections of the LFO...and confirmation that the orchestra’s chamber-music-like attention to detail and exquisite ensemble remain intact…But it’s the Manfred Symphony that shows the qualities of the new partnership at its most powerfully persuasive."

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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58